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"I suspect that the continued production of indexless books is simply due to a mixture of parsimony and slovenliness."
The Society of Indexers aims to promote indexing, the quality of indexes and the profession of indexing. Membership is open to any person who is or intends to be directly involved in indexing and includes specialist indexers in more than a hundred different subjects, from accountancy to zoology.
Founded in 1957, the Society of Indexers is the only autonomous professional body for indexers in the United Kingdom and Ireland and is associated with other indexing organizations around the world.
The Society runs its own distance-learning training course, offering a thorough grounding in the principles and practice of indexing and leading to the status of Accredited Indexer. Accreditation is also available to highly experienced indexers who may take an abbreviated testing procedure based on the SI course. Accredited members are awarded the status of Professional Members and may then progress to Advanced Professional Member and Fellowship. The Society also organizes an annual conference, produces a directory of Indexers Available, and publishes an international journal, The Indexer, and a members' newsletter, SIdelights. A network of local groups and an email discussion list help to keep members in touch with one another.
Index: ordered arrangement of entries ... designed to enable users to locate information in a document or specific documents in a collection — ISO 999: 1996